CBS CEO Calls Big Brother 15 Racist Behavior “Appalling”

ScreenShot1974Big Brother 2013 may end up being best known as the year of the “racists” if you go by the media sh*t storm that has been going around about the offensive remarks made by the Big Brother 15 cast. Although only a brief bit of these controversial comments have been shown on the CBS network show, viewers of the Big Brother Live Feeds have gotten quite the earful this season.

Big Brother host Julie Chen has already spoken out about the racism controversy surrounding the HouseGuests this season and plans on confronting one of the main culprits, Aaryn Gries, whenever she finally gets evicted from the game. She’s not the only person at CBS who has expressed their outrage over racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments made by quite a few of the Big Brother 15 cast members.

CBS CEO Les Moonves also let loose with his thoughts about the Big Brother racism controversy at the Television Critics Association press tour on Monday. “Big Brother is obviously a social experiment — it always was,” Moonves stated, reminding everyone that BB15 is a reflection, in some ways, of the real world and real society issues outside of studio walls. That being said, he is not pleased by what has been said on the show, although he thinks CBS has done well in dealing with the issue.

“I find some of the behavior absolutely appalling, personally,” Moonves continued, according to The Windsor Star. “What you see there, I think, unfortunately is reflective of how certain people feel in America. It’s what our show is. I think we’ve handled it properly.”

Many fans appear to disagree with Moonves about whether or not CBS had indeed handled the racism controversy “properly” so to speak. Some have called for Aaryn Gries, GinaMarie Zimmerman, Spencer Clawson and other HouseGuests to be bodily removed from the game over their remarks. Others, including one former HouseGuest, Ragan Fox, have demanded that CBS be transparent and show viewers of the network show all the horrible things the players have said to show who they really are and how far we still have to go to wipe out intolerance in the U.S.

One very vocal complaint is that CBS has so far focused most of their brief coverage of the issue on only one HouseGuest, Aaryn Gries, and shown little to nothing of the offensive, racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments made by other cast members.

Although it seems from clues on the Big Brother Live Feeds that CBS has talked to the HouseGuests about at least toning down racism-tinged remarks, they still continue — and the network does not appear ready to take any further action at this time.

Source: The Windsor Star


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